Hemp vs. Marijuana! What is the difference?

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Difference between hemp and marijuana

Marijuana Versus Hemp: What's The Difference?

The difference between hemp and marijuana is a topic that is often misstated.

While CBD demand continues to increase, the CBD industry has become a unique but still closely linked cannabis industry with its controversial reputation and changing legality.

Because of the confusion and complications that CBD users may encounter, it has become increasingly important to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana and their relationship to cannabis.

What Is The Difference Between Hemp And Marijuana?

The distinction is not merely academic; one is now federally legal, and the other is still a Schedule I drug, but the difference is not so clear.

In general, the difference between hemp and cannabis is the concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and hemp is generally considered to be at a low concentration that it is not psychoactive. Hemp is still Sativa cannabis, as are some of the most popular marijuana varieties.

Marijuana contains up to 30% THC and is generally grown to maximize flower growth and increase THC concentration. Hemp is often produced to maximize the overall size of the plant as quickly as possible. To do this, it is usually grown outdoor, though not all of them are grown outdoor so as to control many variables, such as light cycles and soil nutrients

Hemp is still cannabis, low THC breeds, high concentration of CBD, and a specialized variety of Sativa. Hemp has been cultivated for centuries for industrial applications. It develops rapidly, and its fibers are durable and versatile; they are used to make paper, fabrics, ropes, and even cement. Hemp can also be used to produce biodiesel and animal feed. Hemp seeds are a source of vegetarian/vegan protein. Hemp also has another multi-million dollar application: the CBD.


Following US federal law, In the United States, CBD derived from cannabis is legal, while the cannabis derivative is not legal, although hemp and marijuana are the same. Chemically, CBD extracted from hemp is the same as CBD from cannabis plants.

President Trump signed a farm bill making hemp federally legal.  Hemp is now delisted as a controlled substance.  It is legal to grow and sell.  States have their own licensing requirements to become a grower and or processor.    

Marijuana is a Schedule I on drug on the Controlled Substance Act.  Many states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, even though it still remains illegal at the federal level.  

THC Content

Unlike marijuana, hemp has lower concentrations of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the chemical compound that give the psychoactive effects.  It also has higher concentrations of CBD (cannabinol).  


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